A WIDELY respected councillor has today resigned from the Bury St Edmunds Town Council.
Cllr David Nettleton was elected to the Town Council when it was first formed in 2003, spending three years as its internal auditor.
He did not stand in 2007 but returned in 2009, after being successful in a by-election, and was re-elected in May 2011.
He served as chairman of the council for a year, vice chairman for two years and chairman of its finance, policy and resources committee for three years.
After today’s resignation, he said: “I was planning to resign from the Town Council next February so that any by-election would coincide with the county council elections due on Thursday May 2, 2013. Recent events make it important to me that I go now.”
Cllr Bob Cockle, chairman of the Town Council, said: “I’m sorry to see he’s decided to resign.”
He said Cllr Nettleton had been an ‘extremely great help’ and was ‘always reliable’.
“What he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing,” he said.
He added: “His expertise in regards to handling financial matters was second to none. He was chairman of the finance committee on the Town Council and with that expertise he served those in his constituency and all the communities in Bury with great concern.
“I personally think that I shall miss him. He was always at the end of the phone and he will be sorely missed.”
Cllr Nettleton is expected to undergo surgery next week but plans to return to his duties as a councillor on St Edmundsbury Borough Council early next month.